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Mayor Steinberg's Biography

Sacramento's 56th Mayor Darrell Steinberg

Mayor Darrell Steinberg has served the people of Sacramento for more than 20 years.

Maintaining a strong connection to Sacramento’s neighborhoods has been one of his top priorities since his early days as president of the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association. Every weekend and many weeknights, the mayor can be found out mingling at events and gatherings.

As a young father, Darrell served on the Sacramento City Council, focusing on keeping neighborhoods safe, creating good jobs and providing quality after-school programs. He founded the Sacramento START after school program to help kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods improve their test scores.

Darrell later ran for State Assembly and then State Senate, becoming the first Sacramentan to serve as President of the Senate in over 125 years. He authored landmark pieces of legislation such as the Mental Health Services Act, a tax on millionaires that now produces more than $3 billion a year to fund mental health services in the state; and SB 375, which ties transportation funding to the creation of regional plans for sustainable growth.

After leaving the Legislature in 2014 due to term limits, Darrell founded the independent Steinberg Institute, which today has become the leading voice on mental health policy and legislation in California.

Darrell was motivated to run for mayor by the desire to see residents of all Sacramento neighborhoods enjoy access to economic opportunity and a good quality of life. Since taking office in late 2016, he has guided the city through significant shifts in policy and spending to meet the changing needs and demands of the community, from police reform to greater investment in neighborhood-based economic development.

In 2018, he campaigned for and won voter passage of Measure U, a one-cent sales tax, with the goal of investing in economic development, youth and affordable housing. As of March 2021, the City had spent more than $119 million on inclusive economic development in the years since Measure U’s passage. Under Mayor Steinberg’s leadership, the City also has devoted the vast majority of its more than $200 in federal Covid relief funds to uplifting the community by funding workforce training, grants to small businesses and artists, youth programs and other community investments.

As leader of California’s Big City Mayors, Mayor Steinberg successfully negotiated with both Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov. Gavin Newsom to make an unprecedented statewide commitment to addressing homelessness – a commitment that has brought millions of dollars of additional funding home to Sacramento.

Mayor Steinberg has also led the effort to diversify and energize Sacramento’s economy. He crafted an incentive package that helped attract the West Coast headquarters of Centene, a healthcare giant and Sacramento’s first Fortune 100 company. He also negotiated legal settlements that paved the way for the construction of UC Davis’ new innovation campus, Aggie Square, which will bring thousands of new jobs to Sacramento while also investing millions in surrounding neighborhoods to prevent displacement of current residents.

Darrell Steinberg and his wife, Julie, have two grown children, Jordana and Ari. Darrell is a graduate of UCLA and UC Davis Law School.